The name of a supervillain is meant to strike fear and terror into the hearts of all who hear it as well as sending chills down the spines of those that love all that is good. Great supervillain names like Darkseid, Doctor Doom, Red Skull, Killer Croc, Bullseye and Doomsday, all do this to great effect. When you hear these evil names you instantly know you should get out of the way, or face the terrible consequences!
But supervillain names are not created equal and unfortunately not all of them are as intimidating and frightening as these. Some are much more lackluster, as lacking in imagination as they are intimidation. Some are weird and wacky, not quite hitting the mark. And then there are those names that are so downright stupid, it is impossible to utter them while maintaining a straight-face. That’s right, instead of sending a chill down your spine, these supervillain names will make you want to burst into laughter. CBR has scraped the bottom of the proverbial barrel to bring you the worst supervillain names in all of comics. Hold on tight and prepare yourself for lots of laughs and plenty of truly terrible supervillain names.
This supervillain claims mastery over the most fearsome and terrible of forces this world has to offer: sports. That’s right, we are talking about Sportsmaster. What’s he going to do, throw a dodge ball at us? This terrible title belongs to not one, but two Supervillians in the DC Comics universe.
Lawrence “Crusher” Crock — the first Sportsmaster — was an athlete who broke bad. Although he had no superpowers, he possessed athletic prowess and was equipped with an arsenal of sports-themed weapons. Like Crusher, Victor Gover — the second Sportsmaster — was also a professional sportsman before he turned to a life of crime. Prior to taking on the name Sportsmaster, Victor was a professional football player but was banned from playing when it was revealed he was a meta-human with photographic reflexes. As well as getting up to general villain shenanigans, Victor has also fought as part of the Suicide Squad.
Hank Pym’s old foe, Elihas Starr, is a supervillain scientist with an egg-shaped head. He also happens to go by the supervillain name Egghead. Although he possess genius-level intellect, Elihas is without any actual super-powers and just naturally happens to have a perfectly conical head! Talk about bad luck. Egghead was created by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Larry Lieber and made his first appearance in 1962’s “Tales to Astonish.” He has been bothering Hank Pym ever since.
Although his name may be as silly as his head is oblong-shaped, Elihas has been a constant thorn in Hank Pym’s side and a legitimate threat. Through the years he has tried many mad-scientist style schemes to bring down the size-changing Avenger. These include trying to rob Hank of his intelligence, trying to hold the world hostage with an orbiting death ray and even trying to turn the ants against Antman!
13. TEEN ABOMINATION
Teen Abomination is living proof that anything can be made worse by putting the word “Teen” in front of it! The name Abomination sounds terrifying, but Teen Abomination just sounds like he will be downright annoying! Described by Tony Stark as a ball of anger and puberty, Teen Abomination — real name Jamie Carlson — is actually no relation to the original Abomination, Emil Blonsky; in fact, he is the son of Tony’s limo driver, Happy Hogan.
Like the villain he shares half of his name with, Teen Abomination possess superhuman strength and durability while also suffering from scaly green skin. The newest character on this list, Jamie made is first appearance in 2015’s “Superior Iron Man.” Unlike a lot of the other villains on this list, Teen Abomination’s name was deliberately played for laughs. The scaly teen even remarks that his other option for a supervillain name was “Teen Man-Thing!”
12. KITE MAN
Look up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its er… Kite Man? Kite Man is an actual DC Comics character that first appeared in “Batman” issue 166, back in 1960. Unlike Batman, who uses fear to help defeat his enemies, Kite Man isn’t scaring anyone! We are, after all, talking about a fully grown man who straps a kite onto his back in order to commit crimes. It’s surprising that his arch-nemesis is the caped crusader and not just a tall tree or a low hanging power line!
Jokes aside, Kite Man was an accomplished hang glider pilot turned crook, who would use an arsenal of rocket powered and weaponized kites in order to try and defeat Batman. Of course, none of these attempts ever worked and as time went on, Kite Man was pushed into the obscure corners of the Bat’s rogues gallery.
11. RAINBOW RAIDER
If you think the name Rainbow Raider sounds ridiculous, just wait until you hear this supervillain’s real name! This colourful crook’s birth name is, ridiculously enough, Roy G. Bivolo. In case you didn’t pick it up, the name is an obvious play on ROYGBIV — a mnemonic for remembering the colors of the rainbow — and is possibly the most on-the-nose name the world of superheroes has ever given us!
Like the name implies, Rainbow Raider was a colorful character who used different colors of light as a weapon. Using special goggles he would create hard light projections that he could surf on, like a giant rainbow slide! Although a cool way to travel (just ask Thor!), sliding around on a rainbow doesn’t exactly make for an intimidating entrance.
10. PENNY PLUNDERER
Hold on to your loose change or you may fall victim to the dreaded Penny Plunderer! This pin-striped menace brings a new meaning to the phrase “petty crime.” First appearing in “World’s Finest Comics” back in 1947, the Penny Plunderer had a habit of committing penny-based crimes. Before he put on a suit and became a supervillain, the Penny Plunderer was a newspaper salesmen who went by the name of Joe Coyne. Joe sold his newspapers for a penny but was eventually fired for stealing said pennies from the till.
Although the Penny Plunderer is barely a footnote in the Batman universe, he did provide the caped crusader with one unforgettable trophy: the giant penny in the Batcave. Unfortunately, the years have not been kind to the Penny Plunderer and in the modern Bat-continuity this giant penny has been attributed to a different coin loving bad guy — Two-Face.
9. ZEBRA MAN
This next supervillain is the striped scourge of the Savannah; the dreaded Zebra Man! Just kidding, as if anyone would dread a bad guy who calls himself Zebra Man! Like the name implies, Zebra Man is a fully grown adult man coated in black and white stripes. Despite the ridiculousness of the name, there has been more than one Zebra Man in the DC Comics Universe!
The first Zebra Man was a scientist and inventor named Jake Barker who created a device that allowed him to repel and attract matter like a human magnet. This magnetic power was so strong Zebra Man was capable of attracting and repelling anything and everything! He was able to control this power through a sleek black belt. Although the black and white stripes might look silly, the lines were actually streaks of black and white energy; a visual manifestation of Zebra Man’s power.
8. MISTER MXYZPTLK
Mister Mxyzptlk boasts a name even the most avid comic book buff will have trouble spelling! Although he might resemble a sweet, harmless, leprechaun-like creature, Mister Mxyzptlk is actually an imp with unfathomable powers. Hailing from the fifth dimension, Mxyzptlk possess god-level powers and is able to alter reality with ease. Instead of using this power to change the universe for good, the troublesome imp usually uses his abilities to annoy Superman!
In his first appearances in the golden age of comics, Mister Mxyzptlk was a silly looking bald man in a purple suit and matching hat. Fittingly enough, this version of the character could be defeated by tricking him into saying his own name backwards. Mister Mxyzptlk first appeared in “Superman” issue 30 back in 1944. He was created by the legendary creators of Superman: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
7. LEAP FROG
Nothing says you are out of ideas quite like using a popular children’s game as your supervillain alias! Before he became the villainous amphibian, Vincent Patilio was a humble toy maker. Fed up with the low pay, Vincent used one of his inventions — electrically powered leaping coils — put on a frog suit and dedicated himself to a life of crime and villainy. What followed was a string of embarrassing defeats at the hands of heroes like Daredevil, Spider-Man and Iron-Man. Let’s be honest here, it was unlikely a supervillain with a name like Leap Frog was ever going to make it in the rough world of crime!
Although Leap Frog was never much of a supervillain, his son — Eugene Patilio — felt so guilty for his father’s crimes that he took on part of his name and became a superhero called Frog-Man. We guess terrible names must run in the Patilio family!
6. POLKA-DOT MAN
Like many entries on this list, Polka-Dot Man is one of the more obscure of Batman’s rogues. This crummy criminal made his first appearance in 1962’s “Detective Comics” issue 300 and as can be expected, doesn’t get much love in newer “Batman” comics. In a city full of truly terrifying villains like the Joker or Killer Croc, Polka-Dot Man really never could hold his own.
Polka-Dot Man — real name Abner Krill — was without any powers of his own, so instead his powers came from his spotty costume. Each of the brightly colored polka-dots on Abner’s suit could be pulled off to become weapons. Where this costume came from nobody really knows. All we can say for sure is that it looks absolutely ridiculous!
5. LADY STILT MAN
Lady Stilt-Man is a name so bad, so clunky and so nonsensical that you just know it was created to be bad on purpose. And oh boy is it a bad name. What makes her name even worse, is, that in Lady Stilt-Man’s mind her terrible name is actually meant to be a respectful homage to the deceased Stilt-Man. Talk about misplaced grief!
As her name suggests, Lady Stilt-Man is very much a joke character. A talking, walking, crime-committing parody of all the half-hearted efforts for comic companies to create female versions of popular male characters. Like her hero Stilt-Man, Lady Stilt-Man’s powers came from her suit that featured extending, telescopic legs. Surprisingly enough, Lady Stilt-Man has made her fair share of appearances since her debut appearance, giving her quite the… leg up… on her predecessor.
4. CRAZY QUILT
Batman rogues gallery really is the gift that keeps on giving, even if that gift comes in the form of the technicolor crook called Crazy Quilt. Although his name makes him sound more like your local craft supply store than a supervillain, Crazy Quilt was a notable crime lord in Gotham. Believe it or not, there have been more than one Crazy Quilt in the history of DC Comics.
The first Crazy Quilt was a famous painter who did some moonlighting as a criminal. Without any powers of his own, Crazy Quilt instead relied on the power of art and wore a brightly colored mosaic suit featuring a helmet that shot out different coloured lights. These different colored lights could be used to hypnotize enemies, while his overall presence just sort of made them chortle.
3. PASTE-POT PETE
Before he was known as the Trapster, Peter Petruski went by the supervillain alias of Paste-Pot Pete. As well as being overly long and clunky, the name Paste-Pot Pete sounds more like a character from a children’s cartoon than a supervillain from the Marvel Universe. Like many supervillains before him, Pete was a scientist prior to him turning to a life of crime. After inventing a highly adhesive, “multi-polymer” liquid, he decided to stop being a law-abiding citizen and become the villainous — and terribly named — Paste-Pot Pete.
As a supervillain, Pete would shoot the highly adhesive liquid from his paste guns. As well as being sticky, the substance dried quickly and was impervious to physical force and fire. Rather than a paste pot, Pete would store the adhesive in a canister on his side.
2. ASBESTOS LADY
Asbestos Lady is a supervillain name that has not aged well. Unlike the name suggests, Asbestos Lady is — thankfully — not actually made out of asbestos. Before becoming Asbestos Lady, Victoria Murdock was a gifted scientist who used her unique knowledge to craft a special fireproof suit. No prizes for guessing what the suit was made out of! As well as her asbestos-lined suit, Victoria was armed with a powerful flamethrower and a gun that fired asbestos-lined bullets.
Asbestos Lady made her first appearance in “Captain America Comics” issue 63, back in 1947. Given her suit’s fire-proof abilities, it is not at all surprising that her arch-nemesis was the human torch. She loathed the Human Torch so much she designed her special asbestos bullets just for him!
1. CONDIMENT KING
It only makes sense that the top spot on this list goes to the king. The Condiment King, that is! Like fellow Batman villain Harley Quinn, Condiment King was created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini for “Batman: the Animated Series,” before transitioning over to the DC Comics universe. Unlike Harley Quinn, it is unlikely you will be seeing anyone cos-playing as him anytime soon!
Like the name implies, Condiment King is an apologetically comedic villain who squirts ketchup and mayonnaise from special condiment guns. In fact, in his first appearance, Condiment King wasn’t even a villain at all, but rather a comedian the Joker had brainwashed into taking on the Bat. Turns out making jokes at the Joker’s expense isn’t such a great idea!
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